Posts Tagged ‘Transformers’

So does size really matter? That’s basically the question Jet Graphics (a division of Honblue) asked in its latest online promotion to touting the company’s oversize printing capabilities.

I couldn’t help myself when I saw them launch their “This Should Be Bigger” picture contest on Facebook and Twitter about a month ago. I signed up instantly and before I knew it, had submitted 14 photos into the contest before yesterday’s submission deadline using their clever stickers.

A little over the top? Perhaps. Willing to do anything for my son who really wants an iPad. Definitely! So this one’s for Ensen, my 4-year-old Transformer- and Star Wars-loving boy!

So if you’re on Facebook (voting requires you to login using your account) and agree that the objects/things in my photos should be BIGGER, please vote for one or all of my three favorite photos. I thank you in advance:

  1. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime – #67 (as pictured above)
  2. Kahones – #220
  3. Big Yoda, Small Yoda – #234

So let’s see if size really matters. I don’t have a ton of friends on Facebook or Twitter, so perhaps this blog post can spur a few family members, friends, and colleagues to support my desire to be second best when all is said and done on August 15. Yes, 2nd place…which to me is the first place prize in this contest.

Mahalo in advance for your support and may the best “This Should Be Bigger” photo win!

-NGK

P.S. In case you’re curious, my other photos submitted are 165, 185, 188, 203, 204, 205, 206, 231, 232, 233, and 235. Feel free to vote for those too if you prefer. :-)

So what do you get when you have a son that love Star Wars and a Maui Grandma that can sew like no other? E-Boy-Wan Kenobi of course! This homemade costume and lightsaber was crafted on our recent visit to The Valley Isle. Needless to say, the little guy was stoked! And so are we since his Halloween costume is now complete for this year…errrr…that is until he wants to be a Transformer. ;-)

-NGK

If you follow this blog, you know how much our son Ensen loves Transformers. So much so that he wants to be Optimus Prime for Halloween. Instead of buying a costume, Kelly is taking a stab at making one from scratch after watching the Howcast video above. The result will be much cuter and unique in our opinion. Stay tuned for photos of the final result.

Avery is going to be Ensen’s sidekick Bumblebee. What are you planning to be for Halloween?

-NGK

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Hard to believe Ensen (aka “Little E”) turns 3-years-old tomorrow, June 12. Where does the time go? He’s growing up to be quite a smart kid and a caring big brother. In advance of his small birthday party tomorrow, we decided to let him open on present…and body did he love it! A 25th anniversary replica of the original Transformers Optimus Prime.

His fascination with Transformers also escalated this year when his Kona Grandma brought my original Optimus Prime and Megatron toys a few months ago. He couldn’t get enough of it. But as my pal Tino Valdez quickly pointed out to me one day after posting a picture of Ensen with the originals, he said “dude, those aren’t toys, those are collectables. Put those away and get him the replica” Good advice Tino! So we did…but not before Ensen managed to break the arm off my Megatron. :-(

But all is good now. And thanks to Amazon.com, Little E is on his way to a big birthday weekend. If have a feeling we haven’t seen the last Transformers toy yet.

Happy Birthday Big E. Mommy, Daddy, and Avery love you!

[All photos taken by me with my stock Canon EOS Rebel T1i.]

-NGK

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The backside of the Optimus Prime box. Check out the graphics. Amazing!

You know that saying “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to?” The statement couldn’t be more true as I continued my treasure hunt through my closet at home. An unmarked box high up on the shelf revealed one of my favorite toys of all time – TRANSFORMERS!

Arguably the coolest toy of its time and the one other kids drooled over when they saw you had one. LOL!

Talk about quality, these original Autobots and Decepticons were built to last – take a licking and keep on ticking. Okay, I’ll stop with the cliches. But in all seriousness, these toys from the 80s were bad ass and expensive by standards in those days…the Megatron box below had a price tag of $27.99 on it and guess where it was purchased from? That’s right, Ace Hardware. Ace Hardware!

Optimus Prime circa 1984.

Look at the quality and design of this thing. Built to last!

My Optimus Prime was in fine shape with all parts in tact and I do recall playing with this thing a lot when I was younger. So I was impressed to find it in one piece, no yucky deteriorating rubber wheels, or rusted joints. The darn thing still works perfectly. As it turns out, these Transformers were really “more than meets the eyes” in all aspects of the slogan.

Optimus Prime - Leader of the Autobots

Remember Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons?

I think this one was is called Soundwave. Someone let me know if I'm wrong.

I was having so much fun paying with this one, I forgot the tape in his chest actually comes out & is another Decepticon.

For a trip down memory lane, click this link for the Transformers history.

So what kind of cool childhood toys do you have tucked away in storage or in a closet? Do they still work or falling to pieces? And do you think the quality of toys today stack up with the toys we played with yesterday?

Here’s a hint on my next toy post…may the force be with you. ;-)

-NGK